Long-term drought is predicted to continue across California, interior Oregon, the Great Basin, the Desert Southwest, the southern Rockies, and the southern High Plains, as the traditional winter wet season draws to a close in the next few weeks. Mountain snow packs are running well below-average across much of this region. The Pacific Northwest still has a while yet before entering their climatological dry season, so there are opportunities for drought improvement and removal there.
Across the central portion of the contiguous United States, drought improvement and/or removal is anticipated over the lower central and southern Great Plains and Upper and Middle Mississippi Valley.
However, farther west across the High Plains, the odds for improvement or removal are not as good, prompting persistence of drought conditions.